Acts 19:23-27 NIVUK
23 About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. 24 A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there. 25 He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: ‘You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business. 26 And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all. 27 There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshipped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.’

I love the early name for Christianity used here, ‘the Way’ (did you know ‘Christian’ was originally a term of contempt?) Even today many in this country see themselves as being Christian simply because they live in the UK; it is too easily wrapped up with national identity, family tradition, or belief, rather than anything that requires commitment. The early title ‘The Way’ is far better. It expresses that our faith is a way of life to be lived out or a relationship to be experience as well as something to believe. As Jesus put it, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’ (John 14:6).

Spirit, help me follow Jesus and his way, rather than my own way as Demetrius did.

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